'Becoming a young farmer: young people’s pathways into farming in four countries’

ISS staff part of group to win research grant

The Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has awarded a grant of Can$286,176 to fund a project on ‘Becoming a young farmer: young people’s pathways into farming in four countries’.

The research will focus on young people’s pathways into farming by analysing the experiences of young men and women who are (or would like to be) farmers.

The study will be conducted in four countries: one major agro-exporting western country (Canada), and three countries in Asia (China, India, Indonesia) home of the great majority of the world's rural and youth population, where small-scale agriculture is still the single biggest source of employment and livelihoods, and where these dimensions of rural life have so far been largely neglected.

International team

ISS alumna Sharada Srinivasan from the University of Guelph is the project's principal investigator. She is joined by former ISS professor Haroon Akram-Lodhi (co-investigator), Dr. Roy Huijsmans, Professor Ben White and another ISS alumn, Dr. Isono Sadoko now working at Akatiga Centre for Social Analysis in Indonesia.